Understand the Medieval Times with Game of Thrones-Themed Harvard Class

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Apparently, that class on inventing language like the Dothraki was just the beginning for an academic take on Game of Thrones.

Now, if you ever wanted to get a deeper understanding of folklore and mythology, you can do so with a little more inspiration. A new Harvard class has been unveiled to TIME, which offers courses that will look into medieval history.

Dubbed The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models, the class follows the series by George R.R. Martin in both books and TV format. According to the report, the class will look at how the series adapts history, but also distorts it.


Specifically, it will explore and follow these particular points that will provide a deeper understanding into the real history of the medieval world:

"A set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones—the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on—with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature religion, and legend."

Funnily enough, according to medieval historian and Administrative Director and Lecturer on Medieval Studies Sean Gilsdorf, the drama from the real characters in history may actually be at par with what's happening in Game of Thrones, as in the case of queens and potential jealousy of the young women who marry the princes.

More than being a course that explore the intricacies and real-life portrayals in Game of Thrones, those who will be teaching it are hopeful that it could be a way to spark and renew interest in the humanities and medieval studies, which has been on the decline.

If you can't join the course, however, you can still appreciate the medieval period of our history—at least weaved in a more magical, dragon- and White Walker-infested manner—in Game of Thrones, set to be back on HBO this July.

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